Applications open for Community Sector grants


Applications are opened for Community Sector Banking’s 2019 Social Investment Grants Program targeting organisations that are ‘building capacity.’ A total of $350,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. Organisations can apply for grants of either $25,000 or $50,000.

Since 2014, the Social Investment Grants Program has supported dozens of not-for-profit organisations in their quest to help excluded, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Not only does the program strengthen communities, it also strengthens the not-for-profit organisations that many people rely on to get by, a press release said.

“Our annual Social Investment Grants Program, funded by Community Sector Banking and contributions from Social Investment Deposit Account holders, shows the power that everyday banking can have on the community,” said Andrew Cairns, CEO of Community Sector Banking.

Key dates for the 2019 Social Investment Grants Program

  • 1 May 2019 – grant applications open today
  • 31 May 2019 – grant applications close 5pm AEST

“We decided on the building capacity theme because it provides organisations from all sectors the opportunity to apply and helps foster collaboration that focuses on the alleviation of issues,” Cairns said.

About the Social Investment Grant Program

The Social Investment Grants Program is an annual grants program offered by Community Sector Banking and administered in conjunction with the Community Enterprise Foundation. It’s funded by Community Sector Banking contributing 50% net profit earned on all Social Investment Deposit Accounts.

Community Sector Banking selects the grants’ themes through determining the areas in which they will generate the most impact.

About Community Sector Banking

Community Sector Banking is the not-for-profit banking specialist for more than 13,000 organisations; it’s a joint venture between Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and the Community 21 consortium of not-for-profit organisations.

To apply for the Social Investment Grants Program and to find more detail, including eligibility, frequently asked questions and process, please visit

If you have any questions about the program, or the application process, please contact the Community Enterprise Foundation on 1300 304 541 or